Skip to main content

Sirico Parables book

Co-sponsored by Liberty Fund, Inc., this program is an intellectually demanding and stimulating weekend colloquium that explores the foundations of liberty in a mixture of graduate-level text-based, guided Socratic discussion and lecture sessions. 

This seminar explores the work of Protestant religious and social leader Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) while considering significant Roman Catholic and other philosophical perspectives. It will compare the different, conflicted, and complementary perspectives for evaluating the possibilities and challenges for economic life together and for social supports for a pluralistic society. To date Kuypers writing on these topics—as a pastor, theologian, educator, journalist, and political leader—have been largely inaccessible to the Anglophone world. Kuypers writings about business, economics, and the social question are also dispersed across his many essays, speeches, and other reflections and were previously only available in the Dutch language.

  • This colloquium will consist of 6 guided Socratic discussion sessions.
  • The discussion sessions are text-based and so selected participants are required to prepare appropriately and participate fully in all sessions.
  • Readings will be provided to all accepted participants.
  • This colloquium is for Acton alumni who are junior scholars, professionals, and graduate students likely to assume leadership roles in academia and business, think-tanks, seminaries, or media.

Application Information

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the colloquium has been filled.
  • These programs tend to fill quickly, especially as space is limited to 15 attendees.
  • Waiting lists are not maintained for these colloquia. When the program has been filled, the application will be closed.

Event Details

Start Date

End Date


Hyatt Place Grand Rapids
140 Ottawa Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States

Length of Event

Full details will be provided to accepted participants.

More Information

Accepted participants will receive a conference package that includes single-occupancy lodging, meals, and limited travel assistance. There are no fees to attend; participants must apply to attend.

Download Sample Schedule or Frequently Asked Questions.

Learn more about this program >>